Columbus Day Speculation on Monday's Access Utah

Oct 14, 2013

Today is Columbus Day. Towns and regions and one nation are named for the famed explorer. For many Native Americans Columbus was not a hero, but a “harbinger of genocide.” And the man himself is a complicated figure. Today my guest is Laurence Bergreen, author of “Columbus: The Four Voyages: 1492 to 1504” The New York Times says that “Laurence Bergreen’s Columbus was brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid, and ruthless. What emerges in this a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title character in a Shakespearean tragedy.” Bergreen’s latest book will change everything you thought you knew about Columbus.


In the first major biography of the iconic explorer in more than sixty years, Bergreen shows us the madness and genius that only those who traveled with him could have seen. Covering his four epic voyages, it's the Columbus you didn't learn about in school. Welcome to the voyages of a lifetime. We would like to hear from you: what is your opinion on Columbus Day? Do you feel it is worthy of being celebrated? If so, why? You can email us at or comment on our facebook page.